Tech Workshop

Prior to our face to face work shop, we would like to suggest that all participants spend a few minutes (or as much time as one wishes) with the following mini-activities.

Pre-req #1. Sign-up Sheet (with a twist)
  • Generally when signing in to a workshop, a piece of paper is distributed and everyone signs it. 
  • Following is a Shared Document (using Google Docs) that was made Public and open for anyone to edit. 
  • The sheet took less than two minutes to create, publish, and share.
    • Note: this tool could also be made Private, or via Invite.
  • Simply click on this sign-up sheet (which looks similar to the following illustration) -> select a free row -> and enter relevant information. Saving is automatic.



Pre-req #2. Establish a gMail account. 
  • Creating a Google Account (gMail) is quick, simple, and opens the doors to Web2.0 computing (which we'll discuss in the wksp ). 
  • For those of you who already have an account, great. 
  • For those who do not, please take a few moments to create one. 
    • Here's a direct link to get you started. 
      • If you desire a tutorial of some form -> there are dozens and dozens that are available -> so depending on your learning style, feel free to go to Google.com, search for "tutorial create gmail account" and scan through until you find one that fits your style. 
      • Contact us if you need assistance.
    • We'll discuss multiple benefits of a gMail account in the workshop, as well as use it in some of our hands-on activities.
    • In this day and age it is important to understand the importance (if not necessity) of having multiple email addresses, and how to manage them. We'll touch on this topic, also.


Pre-req #3. Short video demonstrating powerful use of a cell phone for classroom instruction and presentations.


Pre-req #2. Establish a gMail account. 
  • Creating a Google Account (gMail) is quick, simple, and opens the doors to Web2.0 computing (which we'll discuss in the wksp ). 
  • For those of you who already have an account, great. 
  • For those who do not, please take a few moments to create one. 
    • Here's a direct link to get you started. 
      • If you desire a tutorial of some form -> there are dozens and dozens that are available -> so depending on your learning style, feel free to go to Google.com, search for "tutorial create gmail account" and scan through until you find one that fits your style. 
      • Contact us if you need assistance.
    • We'll discuss multiple benefits of a gMail account in the workshop, as well as use it in some of our hands-on activities.
    • In this day and age it is important to understand the importance (if not necessity) of having multiple email addresses, and how to manage them. We'll touch on this topic, also.


Pre-req #3. Sign-up Sheet (with a twist)
  • Generally when signing in to a workshop, a piece of paper is distributed and everyone signs it. 
  • Following is a Shared Document (using Google Docs) that was made Public and open for anyone to edit. 
  • The sheet took less than two minutes to create, publish, and share.
    • Note: this tool could also be made Private, or via Invite.
  • Simply click on this sign-up sheet (which looks similar to the following illustration) -> select a free row -> and enter relevant information. Saving is automatic.



  • This activity is an example of cloud computing (or Web2.0) and has tremendous potential for sharing/collaboration. Of course it's  not bullet-proof, but we'll discuss the pros and cons.
  • Be careful not to overwrite your peers information :)
  • There's built-in Revision, so one can drop back to any version if need be.



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